Helsinki City Museum: #Flashback

helsingin kaupunginmuseo, Helsinki city museum

Few weeks ago I received an invitation to an exhibition opening at Helsinki City Museum. It was last week and let me tell you, it was super fun.

But first a little about the actual exhibition…The museum had invited 12 Helsinki-based artists to dig into their photo archives. There was no other direction given, the artists were free to do whatever they wanted. They gathered every Wednesday-night to go through the archives and discuss what they found.

The exhibition/installation tells a story about a man, who wakes up on a park bench one morning and starts to remember what happened the night before. The flashbacks are projected on screens and are roughly divided by themes like After Work, Encounterings etc…

 

Go check it out. Helsinki City Museum is a free museum and is located just off Aleksanterinkatu by the Helsinki Cathedral on Sofiankatu 4.

The opening party was great. They had a DJ, some circus artists (I asked from which circus company but I’ve already forgotten which one, explanation for this comes next) and a photo booth! There was a queue for it for all evening but nothing too bad as I went twice. My personal opinion now is that EVERY party should have a photo booth. It ain’t no party, with no photo booth arty.  The company that provided the booth at the opening is called Funbox and they rent them for companies and individuals alike (I checked, you know, the journalist that I am).

Anyhoo. The reason for all that forgetting? This:

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It was called something something Green Beast. I drank four glasses of this stuff. Then I met a friend for a glass of wine at an expensive restaurant. That then turned into glasses of cheap sparkling wine at another restaurant, which then turned into dancing at one club and got finished off with some more sparkling wine and dancing at another club.

Yes. I took the concept of the installation literally and applied it into my own life. Life imitates art, that sort of thing. Well, we DID sort of had a reason to party. My friend started his own business so there’s that.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The images posted on Instagram with the hashtag #fläsäri got projected on a screen. It was actually quite fun. I’m not sure if that is a permanent feature for the exhibition but I hope so.

Inspiration: Finnish Fabric Design & Stores

Few months ago I wrote about Finnish sewing blogs, a sort of TOP 5 of mine. In the end I wondered if I should continue it with a post about the fabric stores and designers as some of you might want to try to make clothes in Finnish style as well.

I asked for some help at a sewing group in Facebook and I got a flurry of answers. Even I didn’t realize there are that many! Finnish print design is alive and doing well indeed. In twenty years time, these are the fabrics we will be fighting for in online auctions :)

Here’s my TOP 5. I have listed all stores that sell designer fabrics at the bottom, so you can bookmark this post for later reading and/or reference.

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Majapuu is one of the biggest ones, at least when it comes to selection. They also have some crafty supplies and home decor stuff. They have tons of different kinds of prints for sale. As you can see from the images there’s modern, retro and vintage style things. My favourite is the Kiiltokuvat. It’s a digi print cotton which is also available as jersey. It’s not cheap, 22.90€ per meter, but if you make something for a kid, a meter goes for a long way. Their sale section is over HERE. The gray London-print is tempting me…

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Pehemiä sells only fabrics and some notions. Mostly knits. The Kirjonta is a merino wool jacquard knit of which Pehemiä has 13 different kinds in stock right now. The Fasaani is a woven cotton fabric.

Käpynen is mainly focused on fabrics but there are sewing notions and gift items for sale too. The prints are designed in Finland and printed in Poland using “traditional printing techniques” but there are digiprints and other manufacturers available too. Majority of the fabrics are knits but there is a section for cotton prints as well.

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Sashop is the brain child of designer Sari Ahokainen. She sells fabrics, ribbons, clothing and other things she designed. I love, love the Pony Bloom. The fabrics aren’t cheap (again) but there is a special deal on the ribbons. A surprise bag of 20 meters of ribbon for 20 euros.

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PaaPii Design is possibly the most international of these stores. PaaPii sells fabrics, DIY-kits, toys, paper goods…there’s basically something for everyone. The Bambi- sewing kit must have been very popular as I’ve seen it in so many sewing blogs. Some day I will get one too, it’s just too cute to pass up on. Anyhoo, their fabric collection isn’t huge but the stuff is so design-y that I don’t mind.

And then just bubbling under….

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Vimma is an über cool label that makes children’s wear but they do have few print fabrics available too. I had to drop it from my TOP 5 because they are mainly a fashion label but still have to mention them for their extremely well thought out concept and brand. One of their designers is Maija Louekari who has designed for Marimekko as well.

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THE LIST OF FINNISH FABRIC STORES

There are tons of other online fabric stores but I decided to focus on ones that have those indie-designers available. If you have any questions..please, do ask them :D

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. This is a coincidence but the day I decided to write this post I noticed THIS. There’s going to be an Indie Fabric Market on FB and you can join it HERE. They did the post in English so I presume the sellers are more than happy to post internationally :)

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Mistletoe & Holly

Here’s the second set of Christmas cards I made. With these I went with the more traditional style. Naturally, I got a lot of admiring comments on these and once again I got suggestions to sell them. That’s when I usually point out that the what I can sell these for and how long I spend making these, aren’t exactly a match made in commercial heaven ;)

Sometimes it shuts people up, sometimes it doesn’t.

*le sigh*

Anyhoo, the techniques I used on these were pretty basic. Some washi tape, faux stitching, Distress-inking…The usual. The papers are from the Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine-collection.

I just realized I made one more card but I don’t have a picture of that. Bummer. Would it be embarrassing to go to my neighbour’s and ask if I could take a picture of the card I gave them? Or just plain creepy?

The challenges I’m participating in with these cards:

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes (new thing was the paper kit)
Crafty Creations Challenge- #281 Something Old, Something New (new papers, old style)
Top Tip Tuesday- Something New (the paper kit)
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination- #17 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes

Comments and criticisms ARE welcome :)

-Thrifty Finn-

Mint & Gold

Yesterday I began posting my Christmas cards and named my post lazily a Pt.1. Today, as I was going through my card photos, I realized it would make sense to post them as two sets as I designed the cards to go together. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter for the recipients but for me, putting in more design effort when crafting  is important.

To the cards then…

Like I said yesterday, I love the minty paper in the 25th and Pine-set and it inspired me to make this stylish, minty winter collection. I focused on two colours, mint & gold, as they go together so well.

These cards were very well received. Be merry went to my god-daughter, Merry Xmas to my godson, the lone bauble to Paris and the three bauble one to Lapland. My godson (naturally) didn’t make any comments but I heard the words “most beautiful card ever” used.

Sometimes there’s just no point in being modest, you know what I mean? Anyhoo, here are the full images of the cards:

My local craft store still has that paper in stock. I better hoard a few for Christmases to come. I’m participating (excluding the one posted yesterday) in these challenges:

Party Time Tuesday!: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It’s All New (I busted out a paper kit from my stash)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge: #89 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Christmas Cards pt.1

Well, well, well…My Christmas themed posts continue. It sucks that I couldn’t post anything before but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

Last year, I couldn’t send cards because I was in the middle of move and then I had the operation so there wasn’t any time to make cards. However, I did buy 25th & Pine, the Christmas-paper set by Basic Grey and I was so happy that I got to use the papers this year. Here’s the first of the cards I made:

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This paper is probably my favourite in the entire collection. So fresh, wintery and modern but definitely holiday’ish with the gold. The bauble strings are just random floss I had in stash and the glitter letters are Thickers by American Craft. The glitter dots on the background are just dabs of glue glittered over. Here’s the full image:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic gre, 25th & pine

I’m participating with this card in these challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #36 Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: Show Us Your Metals (gold and silver glitter)
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #296 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment (finger painted glitter dots)

There will be 7 another card posts still coming. Just a heads up ;)

-Thrifty Finn-